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Issue Date: March 2011, Posted On: 3/7/2011

Harvard, Milbank join for exec ed program

Indus News Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University is launching its first-ever executive education program in direct conjunction with a law firm.

Harvard Law School and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP have launched a new multi-year training program for Milbank associates. For the first time, a law firm will collaborate with Harvard Law School to provide executive education over the course of an associate’s career, on-site at Harvard, focusing on business, finance and law, utilizing Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School faculty, according to the school. Through this program, Milbank associates will develop the multifaceted expertise and skills that general counsels expect their legal advisors to possess, the school added.

“We are delighted to initiate this unique program at Harvard Law School,” said Mel Immergut, chairman of Milbank. “We believe that our clients need lawyers who have been trained in both business and law at the highest level, with a real-world practical understanding of the commercial problems that they face.”

“This collaboration will represent an important part of Harvard Law School’s continuing emphasis on strengthening the ties between theory and practice, as well as business and law, connecting our teaching with the fresh experiences of the legal practitioners who will come here to learn but also to share knowledge,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “I am excited by the prospect for symbiotic exchanges between Milbank attorneys and Harvard faculty. Ultimately, this will benefit our own students, since our faculty will be able to incorporate the latest real-world perspectives into what they teach.”

Starting at the end of their third year and continuing through their seventh year, all Milbank associates will participate in an annual stepped program taught at Harvard, led by the law school’s executive education program. Each associate will undergo a yearly eight-day training program, taught by Harvard law and business faculty with the assistance of Milbank partners, and covering topics in business, finance, law, management skills, client relations and personal professional development. Associates will complete the program in their seventh year at Milbank.

“Collaborating with Harvard Law School on this program evidences Milbank’s absolute commitment to the professional development of our attorneys,” said Scott Edelman, vice-chairman of Milbank. “This groundbreaking program will provide our lawyers with tools to ensure the provision to our clients of the most high-quality, effective, business-savvy legal service available in the market.”

Harvard Law School offers two types of Executive Education programs: Open Enrollment Programs and Focused Programs. The Open Enrollment Program includes: Leadership in Law Firms, New Partner Program and Leadership in Corporate Counsel.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is an international law firm founded in 1866 in New York City. The firm’s main focus is on the areas of finance, transactions and litigation.

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